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For Matos, new band takes front and center

Mark Matos has played for years as the frontman for an ever-changing cast, but last year he unveiled “Words of the Knife,” the debut by his new band, Mark Matos …


Willis, Morgan buddy up for ‘Cop Out’

“Cop Out”: Bruce Willis, Tracy Morgan and a host of supporting actors labor through this derivative buddy-cop comedy set in Brooklyn. Nonstop high jinks, not too many laughs. (1:50; R …


‘Pump Boys and Dinettes’ promises loads of down-home fun

“Pump Boys and Dinettes” is a 1980s country-rock musical revue heaped full of songs but over-easy on the plot and drama. There’s just enough dialogue to stitch the songs together.


Some parents happily hooked on tween TV shows

Like any good parent, Karen Moss monitors the content of the television programs viewed by her 8-year-old daughter, Sara. It’s a process that usually plunges poor Mom into a black …


Review: ‘Waking Sleeping Beauty’

Oh, what simpler times they were when Disney was trotting out movies like “The Little Mermaid” and “The Lion King.” Those bright, colorful animations, arriving annually like clockwork, defined the …


Squeaky’s offers laughs, no bad words

Squeaky’s might be all about clean comedy shows, but it still has its share of adult humor. Even when the joke teller is under the age of 18.


‘Predators’ gets lost in chaos

They are dropped from the sky, with only a parachute to save them. They land in a lush green jungle whose topography seems to resemble no known place on Earth. …


Old murder case resurfaces

“The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo”: A computer hacker aids a journalist in his investigation of a 40-year-old murder. With Michael Nyqvist, Noomi Rapace, Sven-Bertil Taube. (2:32; R for disturbing …


‘Glee’ nominated for 19 Emmys

“Glee,” the spunky TV musical comedy about high school misfits, received 19 Emmy nominations Thursday including best comedy series. The leading nominee was the gritty World War II drama “The …


‘Avatar’ returns with more footage

James Cameron is sending audiences on an extended tour of “Avatar” as his blockbuster returns to theaters next month with eight minutes of extra footage. Distributor 20th Century Fox announced …


‘Despicable Me’ funny, sweet

“Despicable Me” is this year’s “Up,” a film that has far more heart than the advance promotions suggest. It never reaches the heart-tugging levels of “Up,” but its serious side …


Annual Mozart concerts at Manito Park celebrates 20 years

Summer music in Spokane would not seem so delightfully summery or so easygoing musical without Connoisseur Concerts’ “Mozart on a Summer’s Eve” at Manito Park. The series celebrates its 20th …


Shyamalan targets new audience, redemption with ‘Airbender’

The ultimate auteur is going for the Happy Meal. M. Night Shyamalan, the director who became a prodigal Hollywood success with his haunting stories of the supernatural before stumbling badly …


McLachlan re-emerges with ‘emotional postcards’

At long last, there’s an all-new studio album from Sarah McLachlan. “Laws of Illusion” – her first in seven years – was released last month.


Well-traveled artist finds home on label

Some artists get a deal the old-fashioned way, by cutting a demo and touring heavily, creating a buzz. Others promote themselves online and go viral on YouTube, creating a buzz.


‘Eclipse’ battles matters of love and war

The “Twilight” franchise is growing up. In the series’ third installment, “Eclipse,” a dark tone pervades and limbs fly from bodies in a climactic battle involving vampires and werewolves.


You’ll find Spokane, porn in ‘Finding Bliss’

When Julie Davis arrived in Los Angeles two decades ago with a pipe dream, she hoped she might end up directing a movie at a big Hollywood studio. She never …


‘Mother and Child’ shows how we love and bond

Rodrigo Garcia’s “Mother and Child” considers what happens when those who don’t want babies get pregnant and those who do can’t. To the women in this poignant and exceptionally acted …


Cruise shines in ‘Knight’

“Knight and Day” introduces us to an exciting new talent: Tom Cruise. Sure, we know Cruise after his three decades in the business. We know way too much about him, …


Slammin’ by day, jammin’ by night

Whether you’re a player or a spectator, you might be engaged with a certain three-on-three basketball tournament taking over the streets of downtown Spokane this weekend. But the action doesn’t …


Hunt for WMDs uncovers secret plot

“Green Zone”: A U.S. Army officer questions his country’s mission when his hunt for weapons of mass destruction in Iraq reveals covert intelligence. With Matt Damon, Jason Isaacs, Brendan Gleeson, …


Symphony serves up Soiree

Here’s how you mix up the recipe for Soiree on the Edge, Saturday’s outdoor concert on the hilltop at Arbor Crest Winery. • Take one part Chamber Soiree, in which …


‘Jonah Hex’ is too short, just terrible

Critics always gripe that movies are too long and could stand some pruning. Then you get the occasional movie, like comic-book adaptation “Jonah Hex,” that’s too short – so short, …


Slightly Stoopid? Try slightly brilliant

On the surface, it might be tempting to dismiss Slightly Stoopid as just another pot-praising jam band. But the Southern California sextet’s credibility extends far beyond bud, bongs and blunts.


More than a decade later, the toys are back in town

EMERYVILLE, Calif. — In a screening room on the Pixar Studios campus, Lee Unkrich — director of the new “Toy Story 3” — is flipping back and forth with the …


Fate of civilization at stake in ‘Book of Eli’

“The Book of Eli” • • • – In post-apocalyptic America, the fate of civilization depends on one man guarding a sacred book. With Denzel Washington, Gary Oldman, Mila Kunis, …


‘8: The Mormon Proposition’

Gay marriage — and California’s Proposition 8, the 2008 ballot measure that stated only marriage between a man and a woman would be valid and recognized — are topics fraught …


‘Toy Story 3’ shines, if not as brightly

This is what happens when you’re good at your job: Everyone expects excellence from you, and anything even slightly short of that feels like a letdown. “Toy Story 3” is …


Celebrate start of summer at Spokane Symphony’s Best Fest

It’s hard to know where to begin. With the Beethoven?


Tom Petty moves ahead with ‘Mojo’

No one could blame Tom Petty for feeling a little entitled. After all, most rock stars who have been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, played the …